Entertainment, Gig Guide · 11 Feb 2021

NZSO Treats Invercargill to The Music of Town and Country in March

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The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa comes to Invercargill on 4 March to perform an exciting selection of music inspired by the serenity of the countryside and the bustle of towns and cities.

The Town and Country tour features internationally acclaimed conductor and NZSO Music Director Emeritus James Judd to present an enthralling mix of music by exceptional composers.

“I am so happy and feel very privileged to be back with you in New Zealand for this new Town and Country tour with the great musicians of the NZSO,” says Maestro Judd.

“We have chosen music from the two countries where I have lived with my family – the UK and USA – and our favourite, New Zealand. The music on our programme will evoke vivid feelings of urban bustle and excitement, to serene countryside. Please come along to meet us, sit back, relax and enjoy this entertaining programme.”

Town and Country opens with Drysdale Overture by Douglas Lilburn, one of New Zealand’s greatest composers. A paean to rural New Zealand, Lilburn wrote it while studying music in Britain under leading English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

English composer Frederick Delius’ dreamingly romantic Walk to the Paradise Garden, from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, and Malcolm Arnold’s charming and colourful English Dances, complete the first half.

In the second half New Zealand composer Maria Grenfell celebrates urban life with her jubilant Fanfare for a City. American composer Aaron Copland’s film score for Our Town is a nostalgic vision of small-town life in New Hampshire. Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes is based on material he composed for the musical On The Town, which evokes 1940s New York.

Town and Country is part of the NZSO’s Setting Up Camp tour, where the Orchestra presents a series of concerts, community, and education events for up to three days in each centre.

As well as Invercargill, Town and Country will be performed in Dunedin (6 March), Christchurch (10 March) and Blenheim (14 March).

In June it will also be performed on the North Shore (9 June) and Manukau (10 June) in Auckland, and Kerikeri (11 June).

Tickets for Town and Country in Invercargill are available via ticketek.co.nz